Athleta Warehouse Sale: Up to 80% Off!

Monday, July 20th, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Sales, Stores | Comments Off

Meilily Sale Alert! Athleta Warehouse Sale!

Athleta 09 Warehouse Sale Flyer

Athleta 09 Warehouse Sale Flyer

When I first saw an Athleta catalog, I was instantly struck by how unique, well-designed, and reasonably-priced the clothes were, not to mention the fact that everything looked so wearable. Athleta has a fantastic selection of attractive performance apparel designed specifically for active stylish women, and their catalog features models and athletes who are both cute and fit! (Some of the Athleta models even have six-pack abs!)

Anyway, just wanted to make sure you know that Athleta (now part of the GAP family of stores) is having a big Warehouse Sale August 7-9 in Petaluma, CA, with prices starting at only $5. [Petaluma is just north of San Francisco.] Athleta has rarely had a sale or discount coupons in the past, so you don’t want to miss this event.  Check out the Athleta Warehouse Sale flyer above for full details…

Also, check out Athleta’s behind-the-scenes photos from their Summer photo shoot just for fun!

Happy Shopping! from Meilily

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Links à la Mode: IFB – New Friends & Old

Saturday, July 18th, 2009 | Fashion | Comments Off

Meilily has once again joined forces with Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) to bring you the top editor-selected links this week! Meilily made the list! Check it out!

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old…

Edited by AsheMischief
Because fashion bloggers love both silver & gold!

Okay, that was a bit of a cheesy, childhood song for those Stateside, but I did notice one thing this week– fresh new faces and old familiar ones. From long time contributors like Mademoiselle Robot and The Musings of Ondo Lady, to new (-to-me) Our Ocean, Links á la Mode is an amazing way to meet new bloggers and discover new territories. Think of today as Make a New Friend Day on Links á la Mode…read new blogs for a fresh dose of inspiration and revisit your favorites to remember why you love them!

As always, we’ve got a delightful mash-up of posts, too… from how to score review samples to a thoughtful post on The Uniform Project and lots of great summer clothes and jewelry. Be sure to check out the forums too, as there are several great contests going on!

Links à la Mode : July 16th

  • – NYC vs LA – The Fashion Week Debate
  • Fabulous Finds Gal – Who doesn’t love a gorgeous pin-up? The pin-up poet’s gorgeous and creative new amazing book and insightful interview with the author.
  • Fashion Dare – A Nautical Nod
  • Fasshonaburu – Everyone has a list like this, places to go before you turn 50, a “bucket list” of things to do before you kick it, etc. Well, it sounds shallow and superficial (and by “sounds” I mean “is”), but I have a list of things I want to buy before I enter my nex
  • HiFashion – The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Good Health
  • Hong Kong Fashion Geek – Wide-leg pants and how to make them work for you
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – Not Buying It: How has the recession affected your fashion blog?
  • Mademoiselle Robot – A London Girl’s shopping guide to Stockholm.
  • Meilily – Island Style Pick: Wood & Bead Bracelet
  • Our Ocean – A colourful review of the clothes in An American in Paris.
  • Retro Chick – Lulu Guinness Holiday Resort 2009 Collection
  • Shop Diary – 2 days ago, the renowned antiques site, just launched a vintage couture, fashion and accessories designer section.
  • The Capitol Fashionista – Modern Fashionista Travel with Vintage Luggage: What better way to add a little touch of class than packing it all up in vintage luggage.
  • THE COVETED – Gorgeous New, More Affordable Denim from A|X and a $500 A| Gift Card Giveaway
  • The Fashion Planner – ShoeDazzle – Review of Kim Kardashian’s shoe club.
  • the musings of ondo lady – Mention the word Biba and you can bet that any decent fashionista will go all starry eyed. This is because along with Mary Quant, Diane von Furstenberg and Twiggy, Biba is right up there as one of the iconic fashion brands of the 60s and 70s.
  • The Recessionista – 2 days ago Essential Summer Style Tips–Tips for essential summer wardrobe staples: Tips from The Recessionista Blog and Jones’ New York Style Guru Lloyd Boston
  • Think Thru Fashion – Agate Accessories: Find affordable ways to wear the trendy crystal.
  • threadbared – How the Uniform Project highlights fashion’s one constant — the tension between individuality and standardization
  • tickle – Fresh Catch! tickle grills the designers of Delirius, a line as flirty as NY girls
  • Unfunded – All Eyes on Hayden Panettiere and Lace!
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Product Photos & Swatches: La Bella Donna Vision of Mineral Lights Compact

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 | Makeup, Photos, Product Picks, Swatches | Comments Off

Meilily Product Photos & Swatches: La Bella Donna Mineral Makeup Compact
While in Kauai, I made sure to get swatch and product photos at the beach, so with some help, here are some amazing product photos and swatches of a La Bella Donna product…

La Bella Donna Vision of Mineral Lights Compact Colour Quad – Photos & Swatches

Vision of Mineral Lights is one of several La Bella Donna Compact Colour quad products, and comes in several shades that can be used as bronzer, eye shadow, blush, and highlighter. —› › Continue reading

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Island Style Pick: Wood & Bead Bracelet

Friday, July 10th, 2009 | Fashion, Photos, Style Picks | 4 Comments

Meilily Island Style Pick:  Wood & Bead Bracelets

Meilily Island Style Pick: Wood & Bead Bracelets

Found this totally awesome wood and bead bracelet in Kauai, and just had to bring it back with me. As an accessory, I think it will go exceptionally well with brown, tan, and white outfits.

The stretch beaded strands of this bracelet are feminine and exotic. I also love how the wood piece is lightweight, tropical, and fresh, yet ever-so-slightly chunky.

More Details & Another Product Photo… —› › Continue reading

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Sale Alert: Cool Summer Deals from Aveda, Beautyhabit & More!

Friday, July 10th, 2009 | General | 1 Comment

Meilily Sale Alert!

Get a free Aveda 3-piece “Smooth Infusion” hair care sample pack! Visit or click here for a printable coupon. (Aveda is great with free deluxe samples, but this time you get three!)

15% off at The Perfumed Court Anniversary Sale! Use Code TPCanniversary for the discount until July 13. (Find out more about Meilily Featured Shop, The Perfumed Court – Love their amazing selection of fragrance decants and minis!)

Get free shipping at Beautyhabit! Use Code INDIEBH until July 12, 2009 for free US shipping on orders of $35 or more. (Great Coupon! See below for Beautyhabit products…)

Get up to 50% off during the L’Occitane Summer Sale Ending Soon. Also get free shipping this week on orders of $40 or more until Tuesday!

Finally, Melissa Shoes are on sale at ideeli this weekend! (Get up to 50% off on cute rubber jelly shoes! Sale ends soon! Get an ideeli invite here.)

Happy Saving! Happy Shopping! from Meilily

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Wishlist: Lancome Limited Edition “Declaring Indigo” Blue Brush Set

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 | Product Launches, Tools and Brushes, Wishlist | 5 Comments

Screenshot: Nordstrom Lancome Declaring Indigo Brush Set

Screenshot: Nordstrom Lancome Limited Edition Declaring Indigo Brush Set

Can one have a crush on brushes? I don’t normally get excited about makeup brushes, other than synthetic kabuki’s, but Lancome’s new limited edition blue-black makeup brushes are immensely attractive, and this brush set is one of only a few new products that I predict will strike ahhhh in the hearts of consumers everywhere.

The limited edition “Declaring Indigo” set of Lancome’s new blue-black brushes will be available to ship from starting July 17, 2009 (pre-order now). This smolderingly beautiful new Lancome brush set is a $124 value, and comes with four blue and black bristle brushes and a pretty blue-black brush clutch for only $52.

The Nordstrom-exclusive Lancome brush set includes the following 4 brushes:
- Mineral Powder Foundation Brush
- Foundation Brush #2 (liquid foundation brush)
- Blender Brush #4 (face and eye blender)
- Dual-Ended Brush #18 (liner and shadow)

*To view a larger-size image of the brush set with bag, click here.
(Note: According to Lucky Magazine, the price of this brush set will go up a lot after August 2!)

[Update: I checked out these brushes in person, and most of them are synthetic, according to the salesperson.  I think only the blender is not synthetic.  Also, the bag is really cute!]

Meilily Wishlist Item: Lancome’s Limited Edition “Declaring Indigo” Brush Set!

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What to Actually Bring on a Summer Beach Vacation: Beauty & Skincare Necessities

Monday, July 6th, 2009 | Beauty Tips, General, Photos, Product Picks, Skincare | 2 Comments

While Meilily is on vacation in Kauai, here are some beauty and skincare product tips on what to bring on your next summer beach vacation… Check out this comparison of what Meilily brought, and what Meilily actually ended up using (and not using) while on vacation!

Beauty & Skincare Products for a Summer Beach Vacation

Meilily Summer Beach Vacation Products

Meilily Summer Beach Vacation Products


  • Mineral Sunscreen -Lavera Sun Block SPF 40 Neutral Sunscreen (thick, mineral sun protection, whitening, but actually waterproof- perfect for hiking, snorkeling, and even beach-sitting!)
  • Insect Repellent – Skin So Soft BUG GUARD Plus Picaridin Insect Repellent Towelettes (easy to apply in the right amount and smells pretty good)
  • Natural Deodorant – Tom’s of Maine Natural Long-lasting Care Deodorant in Apricot (great, but perhaps not enough for a day-long trek through a swamp apparently)
  • Hair Conditioner sample packets – DHC has some generous hair care samples (4 Free DHC Samples with Every Order.)
  • A basic razor – I brought a disposable razor (shame on me), but non-disposable works too
  • A wide brim fold-able sun hat – found one at Nordstrom on sale (so useful in hot sun!)
  • Large sunglasses (really helps keep the delicate eye area protected from sun)

Good-to-haves… —› › Continue reading

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Beach Vacation Style Pick: Affordable Active Swimwear

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 | Fashion, Photos, Style Picks | 1 Comment

Meilily is on vacation in Kauai this week…
I probably won’t be updating as much when I’m away, and instead hope to do as much snorkeling, hiking, beach-sitting, photo-taking, ooh-ing and aaah-ing as possible…

Meilily Style Pick:  Merona Olive Swim Tankini & Swim Skirt

Meilily Style Pick: Merona Olive Swim Tankini & Swim Skirt

Meilily Beach Vacation Style Pick!

In line with the beach vacation theme, here is a great swimsuit find from… Target (of all places) that works great for active beach vacations. I just tried it out during a day full of snorkeling and wandering about town, so this style pick is tried and true!

While many of you may not consider stores like Target a one-stop vacation wear shop, I found a good-coverage two-piece tankini swimsuit with swim skirt from Target’s Merona clothing line for only $19.99 each piece. Given that all the swimsuits I had been looking at (J.Crew, Athleta, Victoria’s Secret) were either too expensive for my current budget (over $40 per piece), oddly patterned, or too skimpy (think “coming-off-in-the-next-wave“), this Merona swim outfit was a lucky find! It’s perfect for transitioning easily from street to swim, especially since the swim skirt has an attached bikini bottom!

Happy Swimming! from Meilily

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IMATS Haul: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Cruelty-Free Brushes & More!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 | Makeup, Photos, Tools and Brushes | 1 Comment

Meilily IMATS Haularama!
Just wanted to share my haul from IMATS 2009, the International Makeup Artists Trade Show held in Los Angeles. I was there on Day 2 and picked up a satisfying budget-friendly haul. It’s a small haul by any means, but, I didn’t want to go overboard, given the economy right now! You should be proud!

Meilily: IMATS Makeup Haul

Meilily: IMATS Makeup Haul

Make Up For Ever (MUFE) offered 40% off at the show, and most exhibitors offered at least 20-30% off! So here’s what I picked up:

  • MUFE Diamond Cream in shade 4 Flesh
  • MUFE Empty 3 Pan Palette
  • MUFE Diamond Eye Shadow in 308 Diamond Night Blue
  • MUFE Eye Shadow in 167 True Blue
  • MUFE Eye Shadow in 144 Periwinkle Blue
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour in Glisten (“pale peach/coral shimmer”)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour in Burning(“bright coral with subtle violet shimmer”)
  • Mehron Cheek Cream in Bronze (~50% off!)
  • Royal & Langnickel Tri-color Nylon Kabuki Brush – Small Dome (50% off!)
  • Royal & Langnickel Tri-color Nylon Kabuki Brush -Medium Angle (60% off!)

Keep Reading for More Meilily Haul Photos… —› › Continue reading

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IMATS Photos Part 2: The Makeup Show LA

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Makeup, Photos | Comments Off

More Photos from IMATS 2009 (Day 2)…
Continuing the coverage of Meilily’s visit to Los Angeles for IMATS, the International Makeup Artists Trade Show:  Here are more photos from IMATS Day 2, with a focus on film makeup and some disturbing but fascinating oddities from the show!

*Don’t forget to check out Meilily’s Part 1: IMATS Highlights & Photos, with MAC Pro body art!

Note: I placed these photos in order of oddness, starting with a normal makeup photo…

Meilily: Make Up For Ever Display at IMATS

Meilily: Make Up For Ever Display at IMATS

Found lovely little synthetic kabuki brushes for only $6 from Royal & Langnickel’s booth- They totally remind me of my beloved Stript Taklon Kabuki Brush! —› › Continue reading

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IMATS Highlights & Photos: At the Makeup Show LA

Monday, June 22nd, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Makeup, Photos, Sales | 3 Comments

Meilily traveled to Los Angeles for IMATS, the International Makeup Artists Trade Show, and was there for Day 2 of the makeup trade show. There were tons of great brands and supply stores touting their wares, including MAC Pro, Make Up For Ever, Bobbi Brown, Obsessive Compulsive Makeup, and Mehron, as well as Royal Langnickel Brushes, Namies, Nigel Beauty Emporium, and tons of others.

Here are some highlights from IMATS Day 2:

Meilily at IMATS: MAC Pro Body Makeup

Meilily at IMATS: MAC Pro Body Makeup

It was fantastic to see all the body painting and special effects makeovers going on!

Keep reading for more photos from IMATS… —› › Continue reading

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Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of June 15, 2009

Sunday, June 21st, 2009 | General | Comments Off

Meilily Beauty Around the Web! Just wanted to keep you posted on what’s going on around the Total Beauty community: Here are some links to keep you busy this week!

[Stay tuned for IMATS makeup show coverage and photos from Meilily up next!]

The Informed Makeup Maven discovers Votre Vu and Terra Firma Cosmetics, talks summer faves and hosts MAC, Stila and Maybelline giveaways.

Beauty Anonymous shares a preview of Jill Stuart’s upcoming 5th Anniversary Collection for fall 2009!

Boutique Flair is offering 2 chances to win some swag. Enter here and here by 06/21/09!

The Beauty Couch shares some ideas for getting that sexy 60′s Star Trek-inspired look.

Meilily talks Fitness Shoe Skepticism: Are FitFlops & MBTs Just Glorified Platform Shoes?

Neon Bible experiments with Japanese nail art

A Little More Beautiful is giving away 1 LUSH Sweetie Stack Gift Set which includes 3 of their most popular soaps.

—› › Continue reading

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